Doubles world No. 13 Kevin Krawietz says he will never again complain against certain things in tennis after experiencing how it feels to work at his local Lidl. Krawietz, who won last year's French Open doubles title with Andreas Mies, couldn't simply sit at home during the coronavirus pandemic so he decided to help out at his local supermarket.
"Sometimes as a player you might complain about the practice balls, or the weather, or the transport, and I don't think I will do that again," Krawietz told Sportsmail. "Now I recognise that I'm very lucky to have the job I have, and that my dream came true."
Most of the players will be facing financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic but Krawietz insists he didn't take the job in Lidl because he needed money. "It isn't for the money, as luckily we did well last year,'' Krawietz claimed.
"I was getting very bored in the lockdown and a friend of mine works at Lidl. He joked to me and another friend (former ATP player Hannes Wagner) that they were looking for people to work at the supermarket. "'In the end he came back and said there's a job for you, but you have to start in three days, so we thought we would try it.
I was looking for a new experience, and while it is not the same as being a doctor, working for a supermarket right now is a very important job in helping the community."